Column: Atalanta — the heroine punching above her weight
10 October 2019
With a smart strategy and patience, Atalanta are producing impressive financial and sporting results. A legendary Italian manager compares the club to Ajax Amsterdam for their ability to develop homegrown talent.
The youth sector strategy is very different to most other clubs: Players are given a lot of free-dom, and coaches tend to ask questions rather than giving orders.
Club-owner Antonio Percassi shows excellent leadership at Atalanta. The way he signs players for the club’s enormous squad is the work of a true businessman.
Atalanta, whose youth teams are bringing big titles home every year, are in the Champions League for the first time and ended number three in the 2018/19 season — above Inter, Milan, Roma and Lazio.
Atalanta are a prime example of a club who punch above their weight. The club, whose formal name is Atalanta Bergamasca Calcio S.p.A., have their home in the north Italian town of Bergamo about 40 km northeast of Milan.
Historically, they played in the shadows of the big Milan clubs, but in recent years the club have been stepping into the light and overtaking these rivals. Atalanta are now drawing a lot of attention, producing impressive results on the pitch with an attacking and exciting playing style as well as excellent financial results off the pitch.
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